Victor Valley Project Area

UPDATE- On December 29, 2011, the California Supreme Court rendered its decision in the court case involving the constitutionality of legislative bill ABx1 26.  ABx1 26 is the bill signed by Governor Brown on June 29, 2011, which abolished California Redevelopment Agencies effective October 1, 2011.  The Supreme Court ultimately decided to uphold the constitutionality of ABx1 26.  In its decision, the Court modified timelines contained in ABx1 26, as the delays due to the court case made the original dates in the legislation impractical.  The impact of the Court’s decision is that the Victorville Redevelopment Agency is an entity that was dissolved, effective February 1, 2012.  On January 17, 2012, the City of Victorville elected to become the Successor Agency to the Victorville Redevelopment Agency.  With the dissolution of redevelopment, all former redevelopment project areas, including Victorville's Victor Valley Redevelopment Project Area, have been dissolved.  Click here for more information on the dissolution of Victorville's Redevelopment Agency.  See below for information on the former Victor Valley Redevelopment Project Area. 


Rubbermaid Building
(407,000 square feet)

Boeing Dreamliner at SCLA Employee performing maintenance

The Victor Valley Economic Development Authority (VVEDA) was created as a Joint Powers Authority in response to the closure of the former George Air Force Base.  VVEDA consists of the cities of Victorville, Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia and portions of the County of San Bernardino.  The Victor Valley Redevelopment Project Area was created from areas that encompass portions of each member’s jurisdiction boundary within an 8 mile radius of the former George Air Force Base.  The air base was renamed the Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA).  With different jurisdictions coming together, VVEDA pools together resources so it can better attack the problems of blight elimination, improvement of infrastructure and expansion of the region’s economic base through job creation. 

Victor Valley Project Area Facts

Size

85,128 Acres

Adopted

December 28, 1993

Percentage Developed

68%

Plan Expiration

December 20, 2036

 

 

 

 

 

Victor Valley Project Area (PDF - 1.14MB) 

 

 

 


 

SCLA

SCLA is zoned for commercial and industrial uses.  VVEDA’s primary goals for the project area are to redevelop and reuse the former air base to a fully dedicated logistics and business park, create jobs at SCLA, ensure adequate access to and from major transportation systems as well as promote economic growth within the project area.  SCLA has become home to many industry leaders such as Boeing, General Electric, Newell Rubbermaid, Leading Edge Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Pacific Aerospace to name a few.  A total of 168 million square feet is master planned, which includes logistics and rail hubs.  Over 2,000 jobs have been created at SCLA so far.  Once redevelopment is completed, SCLA is anticipated to bring more than 20,000 jobs to the area.

Aviation
The airport is home to Pratt Whitney, Mercy Air Services and Cal Fire.  SCLA is a dedicated logistics airport with a 24-hour U.S. Customs Port of Entry, Foreign Trade Zone #243 and LAMBRA Enterprise Zone.

The Aviation industry has come to SCLA due to its clear air space and weather.  SCLA’s two runways are a combined 24,150 feet for airliners to land and take off.  Maintenance, repair, and overhaul companies have located to SCLA such as Southern California Aviation (SCA) and Pacific Aerospace Resources and Technology (PART).  Those companies have taken advantage of SCLA’s secure, desert parking for their aircraft.  Cargo operations take advantage of SCLA’s U.S. Customs Port of Entry which allows users not to be subjected to fees and taxes normally associated with customs laws such as importing or exporting, manufacturing, assembling, storing and manipulating merchandise. 

Industrial
SCLA is home to many industrial users taking advantage of SCLA’s strategic location and tax benefits.  Public infrastructure is constantly being upgraded to suit current and futures users.  Industrial companies such as Dr. Pepper Snapple, Excel Scientific, Rubbermaid and Plastipak have located their operations to SCLA.  Industrial users have taken advantage of the LAMBRA Enterprise Zone and Foreign Trade Zone #243.   SCLA is currently in Phase I development, with over 2.8 million square feet of industrial space completed.  The project will encompass over 6.4 million square feet of industrial space upon complete build out.                           

Major Projects

General Electric
In 2003, General Electric (GE) decided to locate to SCLA to build its hangar for aircraft engine testing.  GE built a $20 million hangar that also brought 53 jobs to the Victor Valley.  The hangar is used to house its 747 aircraft used for testing its commercial engines and to perform maintenance on its engines.  GE conducts flight testing out of SCLA on a regular basis. 

New GE Hangar at SCLA GE Test Aircraft

Dr Pepper/Snapple Manufacturing and Distribution Facility
Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group (DPS) chose Victorville for its western region manufacturing and distribution hub.  The state of the art 850,000 square foot facility on 57 acres located at SCLA created over 210 jobs for residents in the Victor Valley, with $150 million invested by DPS.  Infrastructure improvements were provided by the RDA. 

Dr. Pepper Snapple Plant Entrance New Dr. Pepper Snapple Building

Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facility
The construction of the Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facility (IWTF) provides an afffordable and reliable utility source for DPS, as well as for future industrial wastewater users.  The $32.5 million facility can process up to 2.5 million gallons of wastewater a day.  The IWTF was a creative solution to allow for Dr Pepper Snapple Group to locate their facility at SCLA.  Reclaimed water will also be recycled and used as landscaping and golf course irrigation. 

Side view of IWTF Group touring IWTF in operation